Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective

Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective : The Contributions of Paul W. Pruyser

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At his death in 1987, Paul W. Pruyser of the Menninger Foundation was widely recognized as one of America's foremost authorities on the psychology of religion. In this volume, two leading practitioners have collected ten of Pruyser's most important essays from a variety of published sources. The essays provide an overview of the major themes in Pruyser's thought and demonstrate the continuing importance of his more

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 148.3 x 224 x 24.9mm | 517.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195062345
  • 9780195062342

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'A scholarly inquiry from a broadly psychodynamic perspective ... Pruyser's work has provided immense stimulus to the psychological study of religion. This book is a valuable resource for students.' David Atkinson, Corpur Christi, Oxford, Theological Book Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 1993 'Because of the greatness of the author, this collection of papers is of great importance for all researchers in the religious sciences, for human scientists as well as for theologians.' J. Corveleyn, Journal of Empirical Theology 6(1993)1 'probably the most accessible and useful to the general reader in the pastoral studies field ... this slightly repetitive collection deserves attention and would make an excellent and relatively gentle introduction to the psychodynamic aspect of religion. It certainly made me want to read more of Pruyser's work.' Stephen Pattison, The Open University, Contact 108, 1992:2 `a most valuable insight into psychological aspects of religious experience and religious function, and future prospects for the psychological study of religion ... there is enormous stimulation in reading this psychologist of religion who is also a religious psychologist, with his interdisciplinary approach and great insight into some of the deep questions of religious belief and experience.' David Atkinson, Church Times 'Simply put, there is no person who was held in more esteem in the psychodynamic study of religion than Paul Pruyser. His work is of immense and continuing importance...The value of this text is in bringing together a selection of Pruyser's work that will be useful for researchers, students and practitioners.' Ralph Hood, University of Tennessee `Dr. Pruyser was one of the foremost contemporary contributors to the psychology of religion; and clinical psychologist that he was, his work was of interest far beyond the relatively small circle of persons actively interested in the psychology of religion. Certainly a collection of his papers would have immediate appeal to a variety of constituents.' David Wulff, Wheaton Collegeshow more

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In this volume, Newton Maloney and Bernard Spilka, two leading practitioners in the field, present a compilation of Pruyser's seminal articles, providing an overview of the major themes in Pruyser's thought and demonstrating its range and depth. The essays here show how he viewed contemporary religion and religious beliefs; some of the functions of religion relative to praxis and theology; what method in the study of religion meant to him; his central interest in the origins of religion; and his idea on what the future of the psychology of religion should more